In an ideal world, we would all be fit and stay healthy without having to try, but in reality, staying healthy in today’s busy world is no easy task, especially if you need to stick to a budget. But worry not, for we know you are busy and have compiled a list of things that won’t drain your energy or break the bank.
Here are two easy steps to follow if you are concerned about your health but too busy to devote much time or money:
Eating healthy is a big part of staying healthy.
Now, we know that many people think eating healthy on a budget means living on lettuce salad without dressing, but it really doesn’t have to be that boring… at least not all the time.
The point is to focus on getting more protein, as these are what many people are missing from their budget diet. Some of our suggestions for affordable protein items include frozen chicken breast, tuna cans, plain yogurt, milk and eggs.
Not all proteins are equal in quality, but animal protein tends to deliver all the amino acid we need. Incorporating more protein into your diet can really change the way you feel and look, as you will feel more energetic and will gain muscles more easily. Some other benefits of protein include lowered risk of premature death, lowered risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke, and lowered risk of cancer.
As an added bonus, your hair and nails would look great too. The recommended daily amount for adults is 46 grams per day for women and 56 grams for men.
Additionally, reducing the intake of red meat greatly reduces the chances of having heart disease and diabetes.
Physical activity is free.
Research shows getting more physical activity not only helps you stay fit and look great, but also helps in preventing at lease six disease, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, osteoporosis, and mental disorders like depression.
However, to reap benefits from physical activity, at least 30 minutes of constant activity is recommended. These activities don’t have to be anything extensive, but activities such as jogging, fast walking, and swimming are all excellent examples of physical activities.
If you are not an exercise kind of person, physical activities could be made more enjoyable when you join a group of other people or find some activity that you actually enjoy doing. Many people make hobbies out of activities such as dancing, biking, swimming and hiking, or even rock climbing. Be sure to talk to your doctor before you getting started, especially if you have medical conditions.
Sticking to these plans might mean less weekly visits to Burger King and more gruesome exercise for some people, but as the old adage goes, there are few things in life that matter more than one’s own health, and it’s always a good idea to maintain health before it starts deteriorating. Furthermore, if you drink alcohol or smoke, it helps to lessen the amount you drink or smoke if staying healthy is your priority.
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